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At Canton Dental Clinic, we want our patients in Canton, South Dakota, to know that your gum health is as important to your smile as your pearly whites. In fact, did you know that your gums are actually a good indicator of your overall health? The main cause of bleeding gums is the buildup of plaque at the gum line which leads to gingivitis–the first stage of gum disease. But in addition to gingivitis, there are a variety of factors which may cause the gums to bleed.

Brushing too hard: brushing too hard can irritate the gums, so try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush with gentle, circular motions instead of sawing back and forth. Electric toothbrushes can help with this.

Vitamin deficiency: too little essential vitamins in the body, especially vitamin C and K can cause your gums to bleed.

Anemia: a lack of iron can cause a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood and cause bleeding in the gums.

Medication: blood-thinners, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as certain blood pressure medications, can result in gum inflammation.

Smoking: the toxins emitted from smoking tobacco can irritate the gums and result in a condition called “dry mouth”.

Hormonal Changes: for women, pregnancy and menstruation cause a spike in your hormones which alters the chemical balance in your mouth, negatively affecting gum tissue.

Infection: if you have periodontitis, this is a serious gum infection that eventually destroys the bones supporting your teeth. Periodontitis may also increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Are your gums bleeding? If so, please give our Canton Dental Clinic team a call today at 605-987-2721 and let us help. Dr. Chris Freed along with our friendly team are always ready to help our patients in Canton, South Dakota, achieve healthy smiles!